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The Read Manchester BookBench Project 

Iqra Ghouri and her Plymouth Grove classmates who helped to paint the BookBenchManchester City Council and the National Literacy Trust have joined forces with Wild in Art to bring their iconic BookBench sculptures to Manchester. 

The Read Manchester BookBench Project celebrates the city’s creativity and encourages children and adults to read for enjoyment. 

Here's what you need to know: 

  • Schools and community groups are currently decorating BookBenches with designs inspired by reading
  • From 10 July 2017, the BookBenches will be displayed in cultural hubs, leisure and shopping centres across Manchester 
  • Families will be able to discover the BookBenches by following a trail and complete quizzes and activities as they so do
  • Many of the venues will host reading-themed events throughout the summer 

The BookBenches in progress...

Pupils from Higher Openshaw Community School decorate their BookBench. 

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A BookBench themed on The Secret Garden is decorated at Chorlton Library. 

Chorlton BookBench













If you have any questions about the project, please get in touch

Find out more about the BookBench project

Download our leaflet with more information about the project.

Reading for Pleasure training

Information for schools about the CPD training which supports the BookBench Project

Find out more

The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.